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Bird le - Islay Bards

In this ICCI heritage project, members of the Islay Visual Arts Group met with Gaelic speakers and singers, who shared their knowledge of Gaelic songs and poems; the purpose of this was to learn and understand compositions by Islay Bards.
Following this interpretation of Gaelic work the artists created paintings which went on display and sale here at the Centre.  On the opening night of the Art Exhibition a wealth of Islays talent sang, recited and interpreted songs and poems written by  Bards from Islays rich Gaelic heritage:- Duncan Johnston (1881 1947), Charles MacNiven (1874 1944), Duncan MacNiven (1880 1955), William Livingston (1808 1870).
The celebration of Gaelic Bards had great pleasure in welcoming a living Islay Bard,  Lily MacDougall better known as Lily Fish.  Some of the many talents of this local piper were enjoyed through recital of her poems and viewing the paintings and needlework she had on display.  The audience was also enthralled to know they were sitting in company with the relatives of Duncan Johnston and Bird Chille-Chomain.
The whole project was only possible thanks to the hard work of the members of the Islay Visual Arts Group and the dedication of Miss Morag MacDougall, Mrs. MA Mactaggart and Mrs. Cath Crawford who shared their knowledge of the Gaelic Bards.

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